Over the last few days, I have posted a lot of criticism over the recent release of National Treasures. My biggest beef with the product was that the care that should go into their biggest set of the year was lost after the creation of the Rookie Patch Autos. Yes, I think this set is worse than 2009 National Treasures, if not only highlighted by Topps’ success with Five Star. NT is filled with More stickers, more jersey cards that look incomplete because of a lack of adjustment to the design, and thousands of cards that belong more in Prestige than a $400 per pack product. After a follower of mine tweeted their similar discontent with the set to Panini, I responded in kind. That’s where it all got started:
@PaniniAmerica: @SCUncensored There’s the Gelman [sic] we all know and love.
@SCUncensored: @PaniniAmerica These wouldnt even be good in Prestige, and they are in National Treasures? You cant expect a good reaction from me on that.
@PaniniAmerica DIRECT MESSAGE: @SCUncensored Come on, we don’t expect a good reaction from you on anything we do.
@Dougology (Host of Card Corner Club Radio): @SCUncensored I can always count on honesty from you. I thought the box break video buried their other fb products in the 1st 30 seconds.
@SCUncensored: @PaniniAmerica Five Star’s jerseys all were designed to be jerseys. NT, not so much. That’s all you have? ‘we dont expect a good reaction.’
@TracyHackler: @BryanTalbott892 Just because he points something out doesn’t make it true. Or perhaps to you it does.
@StevenLJudd (Former Hobby Industry Guru): My post on National Treasures was so sickening I am not even going to bother finishing it. Very disappointing product.
@ScoobyCub (Upper Deck Brand Manager):@StevenLJudd that is what arrogance and unwillingness to listen to others ideas gets you
@Sportscardnews (Card Blog): Pierre-Auguste Renoir could rise from the dead and design @PaniniAmerica cards & peeps would still complain……
@PaniniAmerica: @SportsCardNews We have a winner!
@PaniniAmerica: Yeah, Yeah..
@StevenLJudd: Panini zigged & Topps zagged and for the first time Topps was right and Panini was wrong. Who wouldve thought?
@Dougology: trying 2 deflect/delete customer commentary is NOT dealing w/ the problem presented. It’s the way 2 tick off people trying to make u better.
@SCUncensored: @PaniniAmerica Produce a product like 5 Star, nicely designed with all on card autos, no foil, & good jerseys and you will have my praise.
@PaniniAmerica: @SCUncensored Don’t think your praise is necessarily on our priority list.
@SCUncensored: @PaniniAmerica You want to feel that way, fine. Not going to tell you diff. But, I reach more and more people every day.
@PaniniAmerica: @SCUncensored I think we’ll be OK.
@SCUncensored: @PaniniAmerica that’s the mentality that got ypu [sic] here in the first place from what insiders have been saying.
First off, its interesting that Panini even chose to get involved in this in the first place. Obviously, they dont like people coming at them directly like that, rightfully so. However, I am not a professional, and to be handled like that was kind of odd. You would think an actual manufacturer would want to stay as far above the fray as possible.
Secondly, as Steven Judd said later, to them, its all about the money. They dont care that many people hate that they are ending up with up to 5 crap jersey cards per box that wouldnt be out of place in a box of Donruss Threads, because the boxes are selling at MSRP. These types of incomplete looking cards DO NOT EXIST in any other manufacturer’s products, let alone ones in the highest of the high end, and yet, who cares as long as the money is made. To think that this is all a ploy to save a few dollars and avoid adjusting designs to accommodate a lack of a sticker, makes me pretty pissed off. Why ruin any product like that, let alone the one that costs $400+ dollars per pack?!?
I encourage you all to tweet @PaniniAmerica and let them know what you think about National Treasures. Even if you like it, I dont care, they need as much feedback as possible. God forbid they actually take some of the criticism and try to improve things, but realize, the RAPs in National Treasures only account for a minuscule amount of the print run. Those logos? Same thing. Look at EVERY card, and then see what your impression is. Those crap jersey cards at least looked good in past Exquisites and Five Star. Its because Topps and UD put care and effort into their designs.